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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Area deputies chase robbery suspect

  • Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department joined a police pursuit of a man believed to have robbed a Joplin thrift store.


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  • Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff’s Department joined a police pursuit of a man believed to have robbed a Joplin thrift store.
    Capt. Chris Jennings, Newton County chief deputy, said deputies with his department picked up the pursuit in the northwestern corner of the county just off of Interstate 44. Jennings said along with officers from the Joplin Police Department, deputies chased the suspect south on Missouri Highway 43. The suspect then turned west onto Route U north of Seneca and went into Oklahoma on Highway 10C. Joining the chase when it crossed into Oklahoma were deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
    “He went into some trees,” Jennings said. “He drove through a yard behind a house, then took off on foot.”
    The officers cordoned off the area and searched for the man using dogs, but could not find him. Meanwhile, Oklahoma authorities took to the skies, but also could not locate the suspect.
    The chase began at 3:46 p.m. Thursday near the one-mile marker of I-44, when a detective with the Joplin Police Department was following up leads on the robbery of the Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store, which took place Tuesday night. The detective spotted the man on I-44 and tried to pull him over, but the man fled instead.
    Joplin police have describe the suspect as being approximately 6-feet tall, weighing 250 pounds and having blue eyes. The JPD is expected to release the suspect’s name later today, a police department spokesman said this morning.

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